Focus Verse: Whenever I speak, I cry out proclaiming violence and destruction. So the word of the Lord has brought me insult and reproach all day long. (8)
The only messages that God has given to Jeremiah to deliver are messages of doom and gloom, of destruction and despair, of death and disease. Jeremiah’s obedience in delivering these messages causes him to lose friends. He is ridiculed and mocked by everyone all day. Speaking the Word of the Lord has brought him nothing but insult, disgrace and disappointment. However, Jeremiah refuses to shut up about God’s Word.
Speaking the truth of the Bible may cause us to lose some friends and it may result in us being bullied or shamed, but we must not hold it in. Jesus the Christ is the Word of God. Jesus the Christ is also the Truth. The Truth may cut at first, but then it sets free.
Focus Verse: ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab ordered his descendants not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather’s command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me. (14)
Are we as obedient to God as Jehonadab’s descendants were to him? I know that I have not always obeyed God’s commands. I’ve done many things wrong, even when I know to do what is right. But I am thankful that God does not only speak to us one time before bringing down punishment. If He did, I would have been doomed a long time ago. But in His mercy and grace, God speaks to us again and again. He gives us multiple chances to get it right and obey Him.
Focus Verse: Instead, the king commanded Jerahmeel, a son of the king, Seraiah son of Azriel and Shelemiah son of Abdeel to arrest Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet. But the Lord had hidden them. (26)
When God is protecting you, no one can hurt you.
Focus Verse: Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. (2)
This isn’t the only time in God’s Word that we are told to be always praying, always watchful and always thankful. First, we should be constantly praying for ourselves and for others; for God’s will to be done in each of our lives. Second, we should be constantly watching because the devil is constantly seeking to destroy our lives and our witness of faith. We should also be constantly watching for the return of Jesus the Christ. Third, we should be constantly thankful for all the good things God has done for us…and no matter how “bad’ our situation may seem, God has done nothing but good for us.